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attacking the living. >> reporter: hackers managed to temporarily take control of the station's emergency broadcast systems. just as they used to do with far simpler traffic signs. the zombie debate in canada's house had members laughing. but, wait, zombie apocalypse training has been canceled. the new scenario will simulate flooding. flooding? yep. all the joshing about zombies had quebec's government worried the training exercise would lose its serious focus. >> under the leadership of this prime minister, canada will never become a safe haven for zombies ever. >> here here. >> reporter: canada has nothing to fear. as one guy posted on gawker, zombies are allergic to maple syrup. jeanne moos -- >> to the zombie apocalypse. >> reporter: -- cnn -- >> canada will never become a safe haven for zombies ever. >> here here. >> reporter: new york. >> that's so silly. that's it for me.
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i'm suzanne malveaux. "cnn newsroom" continues now with brooke baldwin. happy friday. i woke up in mobile, alabama, talking to cruise ship passengers and right now i am back at cnn world headquarters in atlanta because if you watch the show enough you know i am a space geek and we are minutes away from this fly-by that will make space history. this is the first time an asteroid of this size will get this close to earth. so watch the clock with me. i'm talking eastern time. it is supposed to happen at 2:25 p.m. to be precise. as we know, scientists are -- scientists say at this time it will be no closer than 17,200 miles from earth. i know, you hear 17,200, yes that is considered close. i know it sounds like a long way
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away, but in space terms, that's actually a razor thin distance and this video actually shows the asteroid, it is the bright white dot, i know there are a couple on your screen, but the main one moving around in the center, up close. it is actually bigger than a space shuttle, to put it in perspective for you, and it could enter the path some of satellites. what won't happen, nasa assures us, is this asteroid and, oh, yes, it has a name, called da 14, they say it will not hit earth. still, you cannot ignore the buzz around this out of this world event. so we have this whole team of reporters for you and analysts to bring you this historic moment. we have a so-called asteroid hunter, former astronaut, coming on live this hour and next to talk about really what will be a historic moment as 2012 da-14 brushes by us earthlings. that will start just about ten
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minutes from now. right now, i want to go straight to casey wian, live in pasadena, california, nasa's jet propulsion laboratory. and i imagine the excitement is palpable. they're tracking the asteroid. tell me where it is now. >> reporter: well, it is over australia, brooke. they are very excited here at jpl. it is a very, very big day. they have been tracking this asteroid for nearly a year. today is the day it is going to get closest it is going to come to the earth as you mentioned, 17,200 miles. and right now, it is coming from the southern hemisphere, approaching the earth, basically from the south pole and it is being tracked as we speak by observation -- observatories in australia. it is moving at an incredible rate. i don't know if you can see that picture, if you're showing it now, but it doesn't look like it is moving that fast, but it is moving at 4.8 miles per second. as you mentioned, 150 feet across.
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this thing carries a very, very powerful punch, fortunately according to nasa that punch is going to miss the earth. but it could, there is a microscopic chance that it could threaten some satellites that are orbiting the earth, brook. >> casey, we're going to come back to you at jpl and as we continue to track this. keep in mind, we'll have special coverage of this asteroid coming up in a matter of minutes. the magic number, 225. 2:25 p.m. now, casey, thank you. now to a completely different space incident happening in russia where you had fireballs streaking across the skyline, crashing to earth after this meteor explodes as centers our atmosphere. the shock wave from that sonic boom shattered windows. look at the pictures. threw people under desks. buckled buildings. injured at least a thousand
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people. chad myers is here and just so i'm, first of all, crystal clear, because my first thought is this is odd, we're talking about this asteroid shaving -- buzzing past earth and now this meteor, totally unrelated. >> completely unrelated. one from the south. this came in from the north. completely different paths. it just happened to happen on the same day. >> that's odd. >> it really is odd. i know. >> the difference between an asteroid and a meteor is -- >> that it is an asteroid when it hits the earth's atmosphere it turns into a meteorite or a meteor. it hits the ground, it is a meteorite. an asteroid is sitting out there waiting to hit the earth. so it is really this thing was an asteroid. then it turns into a meteoroid when it is going to approach and get into the earth's atmosphere. then it is a meteor. then a meteorite if it hits the ground. i know. one more term, a boloid, meaning it is going to explosion. and the explosion caused this
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shock wave, caused the sonic boom, caused all this damage. it was the explosion. >> thus the question, what is the catalyst for the explosion? >> heat. probably 44,000 degrees when this thing finally decided to explode. >> as it is careening through the atmosphere. >> streaking through the atmosphere, heating up, a lot like the shuttle does or the apollo astronauts with the heat shield. this didn't have a heat shield. it got so hot it exploded right over russia and all of this, you can see the sparks and you can see the smoke, looked like a jet contrail. it was amazing. the problem is, it hurt or injured 1,000 people in a remote part of the world. if we can imagine what that may have done over a big city, certainly the number would have been much higher than 1,000. >> okay. chad myers, thank you. are you excited about this asteroid? why are you looking -- >> do i look -- >> oh, my goodness. >> it is a speck, going to fly on by. going to miss us.
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>> chad. all right. we're going to talk about this tiny little speck here and history in the making apparently, chad myers. >> our history? you know, not compared to the world. you said this is the closest asteroid that ever came to the -- >> in 40 years. >> in 40 years, okay. what about the one that hit the earth? that was closer. >> i think it is 1 in 1200 chances it will do that. we have facts and figures. it is fascinating to some of us. chad, you'll be back. let me move on and talk about this story. the man known as blade runner breaking down in court. oscar pistorius is charged with the valentine's day shooting of his model girlfriend reeva steenkamp. >> such a devastating shock that her whole life, what she could achieve, never came to fulfillment and she's with the angels and that's all i can say to you folks.
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>> now, take a look at this photo. this is surfacing on his twitter page. pistorius spending an afternoon at the shooting range. the double amputee rose to international fame when he ran on carbon fiber blades, just this past summer in london, at the olympics. he is seen as the humble hero in south africa. his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, was a law school graduate who recently appeared on the cover of the men's magazine "fhm." i want to bring in errol barnett in johannesburg. what is the prosecution's case against him and how are his lawyers responding? >> reporter: i tell you, brooke, the world welcomed this news with surprise on valentine's day when you hear that there was an incident where someone was killed at the home of such a sports star. but friday, in court, what we saw was -- we were even more surprised by the confidence by the prosecutors that they cannot only convict oscar pistorius on
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a murder charge, but they are going to levy against him a premeditated murder charge. they feel that the evidence they have, at this very early stage of the investigation, keep in mind, fewer than 48 hours since this happened, that it shows oscar pistorius purposefully killed his 29-year-old model girlfriend, reeva steenkamp. the only other thing to take place today in court was that both the prosecuting and defending teams agreed to postpone the proceedings until tuesday. so oscar pistorius will remain in jail until then. he did issue a statement through his lawyer saying they reject completely this murder charge in the strongest terms. so absolutely tragic and seems to be getting worse as you hear more information. >> errol, just in trying to read more about who this young woman was, i read a quote, she was self-described as brainy, a brainy blonde bombshell. what more do we know about her? >> reporter: brooke, this is the most heart breaking aspect of this story. reeva steenkamp was 29 years old, a law school graduate, had already graced as a bikini model
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the covers of the men's magazines here, and was set to star in a reality show that will premiere tomorrow. her tweets speak out against violence towards women. it has been reported she was possibly going to speak at a local university in support of women's rights. the painful twist that happened recently is that the production team behind her reality program is still going ahead with plans to air it. so the steenkamp family are not only grieving with this tragedy, but for the next few weeks will have to watch their daughter on this reality program starting tomorrow. >> what about the relationship between pistorius and steenkamp. police say there were allegations of a domestic nature at this home. >> those are just allegations at this point. what we know is these two have been romantically linked at least since november when they were photographed together. neighbors were the ones who called the police because they heard a disturbance and police confirmed they were called to
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oscar pistorius' home before because of issues of a domestic nature. doesn't prove anything but raises the question, what was going on in this young man's life. he was aglobal supersta 26 years old, multimillion dollar sponsorship deals. what was happening in his personal life? not a lot of information we know about that. there is no indication that anything was wrong. so it certainly adds to the shock and surprise everyone feels with the news of the death of -- the violent death of such a beautiful young woman. >> errol barnett for us in johannesburg. thank you. now some of the hottest stories in a flash. roll it. thousands of weary travelers heading home today after five long days of hell on board that stricken carnival cruise ship called the triumph. believe it or not, some of them hit another roadblock on their way home. one bus, carrying some of these passengers in new orleans, actually broke down early this morning, leaving them stranded once again. this time on the side of a
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highway. this morning, i was in mobile, alabama, standing in front of triumph and i talked to a couple of ladies, one woman set to get married this was supposed to be her bachelorette party and here is how she felt about having a redo of said bachelorette party. is there a bachelorette do over party in your future? >> i would say yes. it won't be on a boat. >> won't be on a boat. will you ever be on a boat again? >> probably not. >> probably not, she says. that feeling may be widespread among many of the passengers now finally off that ship. the chicago crime commission has named a new public enemy number one. and he doesn't even live in the united states. mexican drug lord joaquin el chappo guzman enhart inherits title. guzman escaped from prison in 2001. forbes estimates his worth at $1 billion. former mayor of san diego admits to gambling away more
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you know, each and every minute that passes brings us closer to a moment that scientists and some of us as well have been anticipating.
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scientists specifically for last year here. a group of astronomers in spain discovered this asteroid, the name is very specific, 2012-da-14. why? i don't know. we'll ask. meantime, the largest asteroid ever known to get this close to earth, it is supposed to brush past us, checking my clock in exactly ten minutes at 2:25 p.m. eastern. we'll bring you nasa's teams tracking this asteroid from jpl in pasadena, california. we have folks at a new york planetarium and we have meteorologist chad myers all joining in to talk about this. so let's begin with tom foreman, because he is sort of our go-to 3-d guy apparently. tell me what this asteroid really looks like. >> you understand what it really looks like, you have to understand where it is. you've been talking about how it is one of the closest encounters we ever had, the closest for this size thing.
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let's get some reference points on it. manufacture many of us think about the moon as if that is something close to us. it is not that close. it is actually about a quarter million miles away. so what really is close to us, brooke? well, satellites are close. lots of them. this is a scale of where the satellite bands are around our earth. the furthest ones 22,000 miles out there. and where is this thing going to come from? this asteroid will come sweeping out here and go through the satellite band. let me give you a different angle. let's see how close we're talking about. this will be about 17,000 miles away from the earth. so that's pretty close. within the satellite band. >> it sounds really far. >> it does. >> but not really. >> not really. that's close in cosmos terms. and won't hit the satellites. it could, i suppose, but i could drop a marble from the empire state building and have it land in a dixie cup. that is not likely to happen. it is close enough that it has
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attracted a lot of attention. here is the important thing. think about the size of it. we talked about the earth and the moon and the relationship. let me come in here and show you more about this. you mentioned 2012-da-14, a lyrical spacey name. >> i don't know how they come up with the stuff. >> pushing 18,000 miles an hour, brooke. that's really cooking through space. not uncommon for space, but for all of those of us on earth, it seems fast. if it could hit earth, it would explode with the force of more than 2 million tons of dynamite, which sounds really huge and it would, in fact, wipe out an area of several hundred miles in all directions, but it would not be a cataclysmic earth ending event, even if hit by something this big, but would be something we would take note of, brooke. >> i'm glad that 2 million tons of dynamite is not hitting earth. apparently that happens one in every 1200 years. we'll skip that for now. tom foreman, i appreciate the 3-d illustration to put this in
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perspective sizewise and all the different numbers. as this asteroid is hurdling towards us here on earth, only people, sorry, only people in eastern europe, australia, and asia won't need some sort of major equipment, some sort of telescope, telephoto lens to see this historic space moment. it is a moment, no doubt, that the experts at hayden planetarium in new york are savoring and that is where cnn's jason carol is live. it is the planetarium part of new york's museum of natural history. tell me how excited they are. >> reporter: oh, you know, i mean this is one of those rare events. i do want to bring something up, though. we talk about this type of event happening, you know, it actually did happen before, back in 1908. the outcome was much different. that in that case, the asteroid and/or comet struck the planet. it was in, of all places, siberia, happened in 1908. it apparently exploded above the surface of the planet.
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but still, even though it did that, it wiped out 825 square miles of forest. so think about that. in terms of danger, i mean, i think that's why scientists are watching this event so very closely. i'll bring in one scientist right now, dr. denton abel, curator of meteorites like the one you see behind me here. you've been looking at this situation very closely. at least for the past year. >> well, really only for the past week because we actually -- it was discovered as a thing that was near the earth in february of 2012. but it was only in the last few weeks that it really became apparent that it was where it was going to go because we got much better data on the trajectory. >> reporter: that brings us to the next point. brooke is a space geek like i am, so we talk about this and study things like this. but that's pretty scary because when you think about trying to deflect something like this, we wouldn't have the technology in place now to deflect an asteroid if it were to hit the planet and
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we found out a week out, two weeks out, even a year out. >> that's correct. we don't -- we have some capabilities, but we don't have big time capabilities to deflect something, even something small like this. however, we do know where a lot of things are that are really dangerous. this one is the touch stone for an air burst which this would be if it hit the earth's atmosphere t would explode above the ground somewhere. >> reporter: like what we have seen in 1908? >> yes. >> reporter: we don't have the capability, but i think the question, it begs the question, why don't we? i'm wondering if scientists, nasa, the government, whoever the government may be, whether here in the united states or in europe or china will look at this particular event and start to change things. >> would you like some other government to decide to do something about this on their own? >> reporter: i just want somebody to do something about it, if it is going to happen. >> this one isn't going to hit us. not even going to hit our satellites, which is great, also. but you're right.
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we need to have -- think about this as a globe, as a civilization, as humanity itself, because i think it is beyond the capabilities of any single nation at this time to mount planetary protection. it is a lot of work. >> reporter: something we need to be thinking about. we were also talking about how this particular asteroid, what it is made up of. this meteorite behind us is dense. made up of orb. but this one, as you watch it tumbling past the planet, it might be more porous? >> most of the asteroids we have flown by with our spacecraft are porous, rubble piles of stoney material. only about 4% of rocks that come to earth as meteorites are iron, which is a small percentage. most of them are stoney meteorites. and they come presumably from these porous asteroidal bodies. but something really porous and
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poorly held together won't make it through the earth's atmosphere very well. so it is a mixture. with the ones we have in our collections tend to be the chunks of rock that are tougher. >> reporter: so now a few minutes away as we look at the feeds coming into us now and some of the animation we look at as well, looking down now at 2:36:35. that's the animation we have been using. look accurate to you? >> we don't know the shape of the asteroid yet, but we may get it from radar as it goes by. we will train gold stone radar in california, and the uk will train their radar rays on this object. they can model the shape by the way different parts reflect radar and doppler shifts and so forth. we have done this actually using bigger radar on asteroids as far away as the asteroid belt itself. >> there is this theory, okay, what could you do to try to deflect one of these asteroids from hitting the planet? there are several choices,
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right? i guess we'll get into that a little bit now. >> if we know it far enough in advance. what we have done as a civilization is enabled people and people across the globe are actually finding these things. >> reporter: very good. back to you, brooke. we're a minute away. >> we're encroaching upon. thanks to you. we'll come back to you. we're coming upon this point 2:24, 2:25. let's eavesdrop and listen in on nasa tv. >> and how will you use the information that lance was talking about, the information that the radar can give us? >> lance's information is very helpful in computing the orbit. we will have essentially nailed the orbit of this -- one of best in our catalog. that accurate. >> all right. we are 50 seconds away, 49, the clock is counting down. and at that point, in just a few seconds, that is the closest point that da-14 will be to our
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planet. >> to our planet, in centuries, probably, as far as we know. it is a -- it is a remarkable moment as it passes by and then it will be headed out. >> and watching the counter on the left, the distance to earth. >> yes, it is going to go through about 17,000, 200 some miles. that's as close as it will get and then start heading out. >> and that's at the point where folks in europe, and then finally north america, as it is heading out, is about the time that we'll be able to see it. >> yes. it is going from the far south, now over the equator, and will be heading straight north and going essentially near the north pole. so now we will have a pole in the sky and we'll have a chance to see it from the northern hemisphere now. >> all right. the counter is zero. it has passed closest approach and this asteroid is going away. >> it is on its way out. >> it has been here. done that. >> throughout the day it will be
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observed by observe toirz aroatd the world and we'll get information on chemical composition, and radar data will give us essential information on the shape and size and the rotation. >> what is interesting is how much information you're getting from hobbyists, from amateurs, as though the more eyes are always better. >> yes. it is a worldwide effort. and astronomers around the world send in data on these asteroids and they're all collected and all used in a combined solution to figure out its orbit. >> there it went. we hit 2:25. a major moment in space history. maybe you're sitting there thinking, okay, didn't see anything, didn't hear anything. why is this such a big deal? ed lew, i want to bring you in, astronaut ed lew, asteroid hunter ed lew. help me understand. from what i can tell, you're saying, look, this is a wake-up call, very, very serious. what kind of threats do
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asteroids provide? >> asteroids are a threat because they sometimes hit the earth as happened last night in siberia. and 2012-da-14 is a wake-up call. these things are out there. the risk is small on any given day, but eventually you play the odds long enough, we're going to get hit again. the b-612 foundation realized we don't have to sit there and take it. we can do something about that. there is a lot of misinformation out there, that people that believe that you cannot deflect these asteroids, you can't. only if you have decades -- if you have a short notice like 2012-da-14, not a lot you can do. we would have been evacuating an area if this one was to have hit, which it obviously didn't. >> let me back up -- can i just back up, ed? here is my question, where does an asteroid come from now that it whizzed past us. where does it go? >> these things are orbiting the
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sun. they go round and round and round. and some of these asteroids there, their orbits intersect earth's fort. th that means some day there will be a collision. it is like the old demolition derbies you may have seen in county fairs with the two cars going around different tracks. if they show up at the same place, the same time, there is an impact. we can predict those ahead of time if we put a space telescope into space and map a location of all this. we can do that. >> do we have a space telescope? is that part of why you're an asteroid hunter? because you want to raise awareness, you want to make sure we aren't on some collision course, we aren't like those cars that you were describing? what do we do? >> well, we are building a space telescope and launching in 2018. the pieces are coming together now. the beginning parts of it are being produced in boulder, colorado. the b-612 foundation is doing this as a private organization because we realized that you -- we could actually do it and there was two things we could have done.
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we could have waited around, worried about why isn't somebody doing something about this, or could have just done it ourselves and we assembled a team and we have gathered supporters and we're making it happen. >> ed, we were talking earlier, i want to bring chad myers in as well, our meteorologist. we were talking earlier about this meteor, different from an asteroid. this meteor over russia that, you know, sort of rained down on all these people, injured about a thousand people. is it a coincidence that the two things happened on the same day, they're not at all related? >> it sure seems to be. came from a different direction. and it came many hours before 2012-da-14. doesn't appear to be related. and yet another sort of warning to us that, hey, you know what, these things do hit the earth. and, you know, the next one that hits may not be so small. >> okay. ed lu, stand by for me. i want to bring tom foreman back
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in for more of an explainer on what this looks like. tom, what do you have? >> what you're talking about there, brooke, the impact of these things. if you've been to arizona, to flagstaff, there is a place called a meteor crater. want to talk about that in a moment. think about where this thing hit. it hit up here in russia, and a lost people have been asking how do we know it is not connected to the asteroid that just passed minutes ago. this meteor, meteorite depending which way you want to zribt des the impact on the earth. this hit up here. the one that just past us, or passing us as we speak, still in the earth/moon system for some time now, went basically under the earth and came sweeping by, simply the direction it went suggested it is not coming from the same direction. that's one of the reasons we know. wasn't to get ba i want to get back to the question of the meteor crater.
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the russian meteor that exploded today that was ten feet in size, we think, traveling about 33,000 miles an hour. when it exploded, all the gases inside of it blew up in the atmosphere with all the speed, it created all this damage. 1,000 people injured, 270 buildings damaged. but this one was by size, physical size, about the same as the one that created the meteor crater in arizona, a long time ago. the difference being that the one that created that meteor crater seemed to have a lot more iron and nickel in it, probably twice as heavy. that's the estimate. here is one interesting fact about this, we didn't have proof until 1960 that this was the result of a meteorite, the way it hit earth. people for a long time thought this was a volcano that caused this. in 1960, a scientist said this was an impact on earth. think about it. if you walked around the rim of this, brooke, it would cover more than three quarters of a mile. that has survived all this time.
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think about the power it takes to create that impact, that was created by something about the size of what hit russia -- or what exploded over russia -- >> overnight. >> and it weighed more but still, that's what you get from that. so you can imagine this was a tiny, tiny thing compared to the asteroid we were just talking about, which brings us to the question of if in fact we were hit by something that just passed, that would be a big event. >> well, you think about it, it wiped out the -- this was the size of a new york city apartment. so there are differences and as we have learned today, space 101, you have the asteroid, the rock in space, the meteor and that comes through the earth's atmosphere and the meteorite breaks off the meteor and hits earth. tom foreman, thank you very much. ed lu, back to ed next hour. but that is your asteroid that whizzed past earth here in the last couple of minutes. coming up, i have a special guest. let's get the gib shot. special guest at the table.
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bottom of the hour, i'm brooke baldwin. for the next 30 minutes we'll discuss the hot topics you will be talking about at the dinner table tonight. full plate today, starting with the gun-fueled ad, now backfiring for nike. here it is. featuring the so-called blade runner himself, oscar pistorius. you see it says i am the bullet in the chamber. nike has now pulled the ad, as you know, the story of the last 48 hours, the famed olympic runner, now accused of fatally shooting his model girlfriend at his home on valentine's day. the south african sports icon broke down in court today, after being formally charged with her murder. nike has pulled the bullet ad and the company issued a statement today expressing, quote, sympathy and condolences to the families concerned following this tragic incident. the company added it won't comment further as police are still investigating.
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on the panel today, here with me, at the table, dr. drew fro . hln. and amy palmer, deedee mcgwire, joe levy, and peter shankman, branding and social media consultant. since we're talking nike, peter, i'll start with you, at what point does nike need to say, november is enough, they're pulling out of repping pistorius altogether? >> i bet nike never would have imagined they would be longing for the days where they had a golfer who slept with other women. >> too soon. >> it is an unbelievable story. they have to get foipoint where they don't know the facts, the fact he was charged, they need to step away. they need to step away, maybe not forever. they step away forever and he's released or new information comes out, they'll look stupid. they need to take a step back. they have done that with the release they issued.
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but no future ads for time being for pistorius for nike. >> i think that they should step away altogether. i think this is very much damaging for him, for nike. you're talking about a guy who shot four times. and that's the thing that is so scary to me. the story bothers me because if you know that your boyfriend is sleeping with the gun, and had another gun, i think they said a machine gun -- >> these are all allegations. >> but, hold on, what is not an allegation is there is a woman now who has been murdered, who has been shot to death, four shots. so there is no disputing that. >> and multiple domestic violence complaints about this couple. and the fact is if you really look at this guy's history, he was into extremes. people are into extremes, they can be sometimes bipolar and/or prone to addiction. when they get in altered states,
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they can do aggressive and violent things in those states. >> here is the question we are marinating on earlier when it comes to nike. there are all kinds of athletes they have dropped, like most recently lance armstrong, tiger woods, but at the same time, ben roethlisberger, he had a -- at what point does nike draw the line? >> they say this, when nike reps an athlete, they can't simply say, okay, everything is going to be fine. there are clauses in every athlete's contract that says if you do something bad, we have the ability to fire you, but this is the risk they have to take. they're not repping a national park that doesn't do anything wrong. these are human beings and they're going to screw up from time to time. >> joe levy, joe levy. >> nike has been shown to make these decisions based on business. i mean, look at tiger woods. he was all over the tabloid media for almost a year and nike stook by him. it wasn't until lance armstrong had serious charges against him that he was dropped by nike.
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>> we are in a society, this is what's going on with nike. we're holding these people up and acting as if they are -- people we're looking up to and we need to recognize the fact that they're athletes. that's all. we're rewarding them for their athletic prowess. and i think we should actually give -- >> hang on, hang on, hang on. here is the question. we have all these different marred athletes, do we have -- joe levy, i haven't heard from you, billboard magazine, not rolling stone, billboard, do we have a hero athlete? who is it? >> do we have a hero athlete out there? >> yeah. >> i'm sure we do. we're not talking about him right now. >> i want to talk about him. that's my question. is there one? why aren't we talking about him? >> derek jeter is still my hero. still my hero. but there are hero athletes. the point is every athlete is not a hero. every celebrity is not a hero. the problem we have here is the problem that brands face when they get into the celebrity business. these people are human beings,
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there are tremendous pressures on them. celebrity puts more pressure on them. >> i see drew eye rolling. >> i'm the only published literature on celebrity, i studied several hundred of them and they come to celebrity with liability. look at their history, substance, extreme or relationships or difficult family systems growing up, that's what creates the liability once they achieve the celebrity status. not the being of the celebrity. >> do we just make nike say, hey, do you own a gun, you to cheat on your wife, do we give them a questionnaire and go from there. >> they're always going to ask those questions in the liability contract before it is signed. let's face it, you said it, nike is a business. these things, these people sell and if they didn't, nike wouldn't have them as advertised. >> money, money, money. guys, we got to move on. i love the discussion. i have more coming up next. this one just absolutely boggles my mind. a murder plot and the suspects are fifth graders. that's next. [ woman ] don't forget the yard work!
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jump into brooke's arms, i knew she was here, i had to run in here. >> that will be me in your arms. okay. thank you for that, by the way. much love to you. all right, guys, totally switching tones here. this is a tough one. this is a disturbing story, involving a gun, a knife, a plot to kill a little girl. all involving fifth graders. this was the scene in washington. this was last friday. look at it -- can't see the faces, juveniles, shackled, two fifth grade boys, 10 and 11 years of age, being led into court, facing a judge after police allege they conspired to commit murder after bringing a gun and a knife to school. according to the spokesman review in court documents, the incident all started when a classmate saw one of the boys playing with a knife on the bus. when he was headed to school last week. the boy then spoke up, told a teacher, who then searched the backpack, found a knife with a three inch blade and a .45 caliber handgun inside. court documents reveal the two boys told school staff they planned to use the weapons to
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lure another student outside and to kill her because, and i'm quoting them, she was really annoying. police say the 11-year-old also identified six other classmates who were targeted. needless to say, parents of children at the school are unnerved, but thankful that teachers and this student stepped in. >> got a son here and was a little freaked out. i didn't know what to do. >> this is my first year of having her in a public school, i home skoochooled her since thend it was scary to me but i think they handled it well. >> how did they learn this behavior? >> home. >> home. >> adults. unless there is some horrible psychological problem, some diagnosable condition. otherwise they have seen aggression on behalf of adults. otherwise no way. >> i find this story so disturbing because not only was it this little girl, we were kids, if a little boy, we didn't like him, he would thump us, or he would push us a little bit,
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but they're plotting to kill and here is the thing scary to me, they had a hit list with six other kids on it. i'm going, come on. this is crazy. >> the one kid with the gun was going to hold the other kids at bay while the other one did the stabbing. they had a plan, an elaborate plan how this was going to work. >> they're 10 and 11, do they understand the difference between right and wrong. >> yes. >> go ahead. >> i don't know if they understand the differences in terms of what they see in the real world. they see the news of what happened in newtown. they see video games and it is not video games' fault, i'm not blaming video games, but they get desensitized but adverti advertisements and movies coming out an they don't help, i don't know if they see the difference between the real world of someone dead, not coming back and an actor who gets shot five times and still stands back up. >> here's the question i have, though, where do they get the gun? where do the kids get the gun? >> exactly. >> and the knife. and the knife. amy, what do you think?
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>> where did they get the guns? why do 10 and 11-year-olds have access to pistols and knives? this is the real issue. the parents should be arrested. >> i agree. when you treat -- when physicians treat children and adolescents, we see the patient as the patient-child unit. why can't the legal system look at that a little bit the same way. >> let me quote here this is what one of the boys in the police interview, i was going to kill her with the knife and the other was supposed to use the gun to keep anyone from trying to stop me or mess up my plan. here's the charge. charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder. they're 10 and 11. what is justice in this situation? what is the legal system do? >> the legal system is at a loss here. they really don't know whether to treat them as children or adults. and, in fact, this has to be settled in washington court. whether to approach them as children or adults. it is not -- it is not at all clear. what is clear is these kids had a criminal mentality.
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th they have a mob mentality. they wanted to pay another kid to keep him quiet. they had a hit list. this is clearly an adult activity. it is clearly feels us to like adult behavior. i have no idea what justice should be, putting these two kids away for attempted murder. >> is it that you put the parents away? that's the question for me is because we all keep talking about the kids and where do they get it from and everybody is talking and we keep saying, where did they get the gun, the knife? >> police say they got the gun from the family member and really the final question i want to -- the final point i want to bring up, a lot of times, i'm sick of talking about school shootings, but i say props to this youngster who spoke up, who heard about this knife, and told police and stopped it. >> i don't think that is unusual behavior for a young person. that's normative behavior and that's what we should expect from young people and i think most people would speak up.
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they see someone acting dangerous, most see kids as an asset -- >> the school just implemented that. they implemented a program like that. kudos to the school. >> kudos to the school and the teachers and the youngster. conversation continues. next, you heard about the congressman tweets leading to a public disclosure that has -- a mysterious daughter, not what some people thought initially. we'll talk about politicians and social media. if you think running a restaurant is hard, try running four. fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business. this is the only thing we've ever wanted to do and ink helps us do it. make your mark with ink from chase. [ barking ] ♪ come on, boy! [ barks ] here we go.
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it is kind of a familiar story these days. lawmaker sends tweet to mystery woman, tweet meant to be private, reporters pounce. lawmaker forced to explain himself. sound familiar? this one has a twist no one saw coming. this is congressman steve cohen from memphis, he's single, 63 years of age. and he was at the president's state of the union speech just this past tuesday evening and he may have been peeking off and on at his phone because he sent out this tweet, about halfway through that speech. @victoriabrink. pleased you're watching, ilu, that's i love you. tweet was meant to be a private message. but it wasn't. and you know what happens. capitol hill reporters, they see that, they caught it, they reported the deleted tweet, which he deleted about 15 minutes later. and everyone was asking who is this victoria brink? well, it turns out it is cohen's 24-year-old daughter.
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he says he didn't even know victoria brink existed until fairly recently, just a couple of years back, in fact. i want to bring my panel back in. panel, so it is, you know, daughter he didn't know he had as opposed to a young love, which a lot of people jumped to a conclusion of initially. does this hurt him politically? >> this is my favorite story? >> why your favorite? >> anyone in congress, anyone in politics needs to take a class in twitter before they use it. >> no space or period before the twitter handle. everyone sees that one. >> here's the reason why i like this story so much. he's a baby daddy, okay? >> yeah. >> really that's what it boils down to. i laughed at that. i said, you know what, we're going to elect him, the baby daddy president and when he's speaking, we'll have other people not paying attention to him. you're tweeting on the job, buddy. >> the best part is watching all
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the media start to go mr. burns, like, ah, a love triangle. oh, it's his daughter. >> we think of people who have been on craigslist and facebook saying and doing things they shouldn't have, they meant to be in private. >> stop talking about yourself like that. >> there are other politicians who do. >> this -- to answer your question, this does not seem right now like it is going to hurt him politically. >> yeah. >> this is something that has been -- this is something that looked purrient, that turned into a genuine human story. if you watch him talking about this, he's upset. and there isn't anybody who looks at this who doesn't actually think this is an okay guy, emotionally, and look at someone who is having a real human moment. >> initially he tried to -- >> nobody is trusting our elected officials. they automatically assume that it is another, you know, anthony weiner story or christopher --
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but it is this heart warming tale of a man who didn't know he had a daughter and he's twittering her and it is a direct message but it goes to the twitter-verse. >> who is going to teach our politicians twitter 101. >> social media is a dangerous place. what is the source of this daughter? do we know the story? >> apparently he -- i guess googled this old flame, sees picture of daughter, looks familiar, says, does the math, bam, daughter. >> wow. >> yeah. >> i would be mad -- here is my thing this with guy. i would be mad if i elected him. >> why? >> you need to be there, paying attention, because i may not. i'm electing you to do this and when the president is speaking, he's on twitter. >> that's -- you kind of don't want to tweet while the president is talking. just an fyi, put the phone down while the president of the united states is talking. >> let me ask you all -- >> hang on, i was twittering. >> this guy is in his 60s.
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what is he doing google stalking an old girlfriend and tweeting -- >> that's right. that's interesting. >> we're all out to be curious. >> he's doing it during the state of the union, come on. >> wasn't the only one. wasn't the only one tweeting. some say he's -- they were trying to inform the public this was a private message, not -- >> playing angry birds. >> thank you so much, all of you. this has been fascinating, certainly. dr. drew, amy palmer, deedee mcgwire, peter shankman, joe levy. i'm off to tweet. publicly, mind you. back after this. diarrhea, gas, bloating? yes! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. live the regular life. phillips'.
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hi, everybody. i'm brooke baldwin. woke up this morning in mobile, alabama, talking to some of the cruise ship passengers, but right now, i'm at the cnn world headquarters here in atlanta because i am a self-professed space geek and this is a big day for space. before we get to this asteroid that whizzed very, very near earth today, we're getting new reports on the number of people who were injured when that meteor exploded in the skies above russia. that blast sending fireballs across the sky line. meteorites hitting the earth in remote parts of the russian wilderness. thank goodness that this was a
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more remote section of that area. the world, the shock wave from the explosion. this sonic boom, it shattered windows, buckled buildings, injured hundreds of people. i want to show this video to you. watch the people. windows blow out. this is a school. everyone takes cover, racing around. this is as kids are practicing judo. chad myers, you're looking at this video. tell me what happened. >> an asteroid, the size of a minivan, maybe smaller, maybe a big priuprius, ran into the atmosphere, it heated up maybe 40,000 degrees and eventually it exploded. when it hit the atmosphere that's when it turns into a meteor. when it hits the ground, if it does, it is a meteorite. the explosion caused the shock wave and it was just -- the pictures that we have, i have some from earlier, they're amazing. here they are. take a look at this. a stunning close-up view of a meteor as it moves quickly toward earth.
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here it is from another angle just further away. so close, it seems as if it is just over this building's rooftop. amazing. this meteor show happened at around 9:20 in the morning local time, in one of the most remote places on earth, the ural mountains of western russia. a picture worth a thousand words. but the story of this powerful meteor is just beginning to unfold. as captivating as it was, it also caused a lot of damage. here, evidence of the force of this meteor as the windows of an office building shatter. russia's interior ministry says 270 buildings sustained some type of damage, mostly from broken glass, the result of the shock wave caused by the blast in this video, we can see and hear the moments as the meteor explodes. >> the wounds we received included people with mainly insized and conto used wounds
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all due to windows and window fra frames all breaking and flying around. you see the result, how many people are here. >> the irony that these smaller asteroid hit our atmosphere, hit our earth today when we obvio obviously watched 2012-da-14, a much smaller asteroid fly by. >> chad, thank you. history was made moments ago. never before as chad was talking about has an asteroid gotten this close to earth, given the size, and it happened in a flash. take a look with me. we'll show you this white dot. there it is in the middle of the screen. this is an asteroid called 2012-da-14. rushes past earth, just half an hour ago at 2:24 p.m. eastern. when i say brush by, i mean it in space terms. this traveled 17,500 miles above indonesia. there was a risk it could get in the way of the slights.
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we're not hearing of any problems there. da-14 was the length of two semitrucks, longer than the space shuttle. and it is one of 610,000 asteroids that scientists know about. and there was no risk it would hit earth. what about the next asteroid? joining me about 20 minutes here, we'll talk to former astronaut ed lu, why he says today's experience should be a wake-up call to earth. the shock is still settling in for south africans and a olympic hero, oscar pistorius, blade runner as he's known, breaking down in tears as he faces court over the fatal shooting of his model girlfriend, reeva steenkamp. her uncle breaking the family's silence. >> such a devastating shock, that her whole life, of what she could achieve, never came to
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fulfillment. and let to say she is with the angels and that's about all i can say to you folks. >> her body was found in their luxury home in south africa on valentine's day, just a day earlier this chilling tweet from reeva to pistorius, quote, what do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow? one of several. there were reports the relationship was rocky at times. previous allegations of domestic disputes at their home. robyn curnow is in pretoria with more on the story. >> reporter: i'm standing outside the pretoria magistrate's court and it was inside here, in courtroom c earlier on today, there was some very emotional scenes, oscar pistorius appearing before the magistrate. he was clearly upset, at times sobbing, crying, barely able to control his body as it was shaking. a man clearly traumatized by the events of the last 24 to 48 hours. and, of course, so are many south africans.
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the story of their national hero being arrested, being charged for murder, the murder of his girlfriend and his own home has shocked this nation. you can hear the sirens coming past me. and this, in a way, is a story that is going to define this nation for the next few weeks. valentine's tragedy. but more crucially, look at this headline, golden boy loses his shine. oscar pistorius is being considered a hero in this country, questions now on what happened, did he do it and why did he do it? and the prosecution seems to think they have a very good case, because they say they're going to charge him with premeditated murder. brooke, back to you. >> robyn curnow, thank you very much. just within the last half hour, president obama's plane has touched down in chicago. his former stomping grounds. here he is, on his left, rahm emanuel, chicago's mayor, the
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president's former chief of staff. the president will be speaking within the next half hour. he will address chicago's recent history of gun violence, 506 murders last year alone. the mayor says the president has something to say to chicago. >> given the lion's share of the victims and the perpetrators are young african-american men, who better to have that discussion than the president of the united states who has repeatedly talked about fathering and the role of fathering. >> and we will bring you live coverage of the president's speech set for 3:40 eastern time. tonight, anderson cooper, 360, live from chicago with much more here, reaction on the president's plan to curb gun violence. "360" tonight on cnn. can you say anthony weiner? remember congressman wiener, the outspoken new york democrat, resigned his seat in congress amid a social media sex scandal.
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remember we were talking about this, this whole thing started on twitter. well, say hello to this guy. congressman steve cohen, democrat, from memphis. bachelor, age 63. turns out steve cohen, during the state of the union, was tweeting this young lady, victoria brink, age 24, aspiring model. check it out. quote, pleased you were watching state of the union. tweeted steve cohen. ilu. hello. tweeted and then deleted. so congressman steve cohen, age 63, hearts victoria brink, age 24. the hounds started baying. reporters start digging and the republican chief in cohen's home state of tennessee gleefully called cohen, and i'm quoting, the weiner of the south. cohen now says victoria brink is, ta-da, his long lost daughter. that's right. his daughter. he says he didn't even know victoria brink existed until
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fairly recently, just a couple of years back. small world too. the daughter's mom, it turns out, is texas attorney cynthia white sinatra, as in formerly married to frank sinatra jr. mom also ran for congress in 2006 and lost to ron paul. a former mayor with a major gambling addiction. how bad did it get? more than $1 billion bad. find out why she will not face charges. we're on the case next. lobsterfest is the king of all promotions. there's nothing like our grilled lobster and lobster tacos. the bar harbor bake is really worth trying. [ male announcer ] get more during red lobster's lobsterfest. with the year's largest selection of mouth-watering lobster entrees. like our delicious lobster lover's dream, featuring two kinds of succulent lobster tails.
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then you're going to love this. right now they're only $14.95! wow-a grt deal just got a whole lot better. hurry. $14.95 won't last. are you a gam glbler? listen to this one. a gambling addiction so bad, a woman took millions from her husband's late charity to feed it. let me just tell you this. former san diego mayor maureen o'connor admits she gambled away $1 billion, most of it on video poker. o'connor was married to the founder of the jack-in-the-box hamburger chain and here's the thing, she won't be prosecuted at least for now because of a medical condition.
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what? listen to her attorney. >> this was not, we think, simply a psychiatric problem or a characterlogical defect. there is substantial evidence that during this same time there was a tumor growing in her brain, in the centers of the brain that affect and control logic, reasoning and most importantly judgment. >> a tumor, okay. defense attorney drew finley joins me now. a tumor here. medical condition, defending a billion dollars in gambling. >> well, she has gene iredale, who is as good as it gets. as what is happening here, which is so unique, she's getting a deferred prosecution in the state system. we call it pretrial diversion. she acknowledges she did something wrong. she has two years to not get in any trouble, two years to pay
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off this indebtedness and then at the end of that, the case will be dismissed and there will be no charges. >> let me read this. this is part of her agreement. repay more than $2 million to the rp foundation, settle all tax liability resulting from receipt of the funds, receive treatment for her gambling addiction, what do you make of that? >> she's very fortunate. she has a big civil suit for millions of dollars, which they're anticipating that she is going to be able to receive at least $2 million, pay it off, just to go to gamblers anonymous, see some therapists, dwe deal with this medical issue which only surfaced in 2011. the gambling was going back to 2001, but i think these 24 months is an easy way for her to resolve this case, and these type of resolutions, in cases like this, are usually saved by the federal government for big corporations, we usually see this resolution for corporate resolutions, in other words, can't put a corporate in jail, give the corporation a couple of
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years to pay off their indebtedness and divert the case and -- >> you say easy the 24 months in that she probably wouldn't violate and -- >> exactly. >> clean slate. drew, thank you. minutes away from president obama taking on gun violence in chicago. we'll listen to his message there. coming up next, a new york times writer gives a bad review for one car. but get this, cnn did a review on the same car and found something entirely different here. ali velshi is standing by. ali velshi is standing by. wait until you hear this story.
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on beautyrest and posturepedic. financing and save up to $500 get a sealy queen set for just $399. even get 3 years interest-free financing on tempur-pedic. but only through presidents' day at sleep train. from the cnn money newsroom in new york, i'm ali velshi. this is your money. do you know what this is? it is the tesla model s. it doesn't use any gasoline. it is an electric car. and it is the pet project of this man you may know, his name is elan musk. this is a guy who made his money from pay pal, a space enthusiast, he founded spacex and tesla motors, also considered, by the way, by some to have been the inspiration, the model for ironman.
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now, elan musk is having some problems because of this story in the new york times by john brodeur. brodeur was supposed to drive the model s from washington to boston, he says the car ran out of juice well short of its claimed range of 265 miles and ended up on a flatbed truck. now, elan musk fired back with this blog, called a most peculiar test drive accusing him of lying, about charging the car and about how fast he drove. he posted screen shots of the car's telemetarie ry to back up claim. someone else said the car worked just as advertised. >> so it worked. tesla got us from washington, d.c., here to boston, in one trip. maybe could have done a little bit faster on a gasoline powered
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car, maybe a little bit, but what's the fun in that? >> now, peter knows his cars. this is not first time that tesla faced accusations about range and reliability. in 2001, tesla sued the bbc for libel and malicious falsehood after the top gear program broadcasted a segment showing the $130,000 tesla roadster supposedly broke down and ran out of power. a judge dismissed the suit saying the performance on a test track couldn't be compared to performance on the road. tesla, by the way, faces stiff competition from mainstream electric cars. you've heard of the nissan leaf. that car, like the tesla is a pure electric car. general motors sold more than 23,000 volts in 2012. that's compared with fewer than 8,000 the year before. the volt, by the way, is not a completely electric car. it also has a gas engine and that increases its range.
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sales of electric cars are still tiny n 2012, chevy dealers sold ten times as many of the chevy cruise, a fuel efficient gasoline powered car, on which the volt is based, than they actually sold volts. while the model s's bad press is damaging to tesla, it is another bad piece of press for the electric car industry in general, which has been struggling to sell cars in higher numbers. it stalled not just because of the technological challenges, but also despite the fact that gas prices have increased about 35 cents, in the last month, gas prices are still low enough that it is not forcing people into electric cars. that's it for me. for more, tune into your money this weekend, saturday at 1:00, sunday at 3:00 p.m. eastern. i'm ali velshi. oh no, i... just used my geico app to get a tow truck. it's gonna be 30 minutes. oh, so that means that we won't be stuck up here, for hours, with nothing to do.
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today we're honoring the first cnn hero of 2013. ordinary person changing the world. and when dale betty lost his legs in iraq, his north carolina hometown helped him build a new home. that prompted him to pay it forward. >> i'm a combat wounded iraq veteran. as i was recovering at walter reed, my community approached me and said they wanted to help build a home for my return. people would come and work on my project just because they respected the sacrifice that i had gone through. all veterans have been called to be responsible for the guy to your left and the guy to your right. other veterans haven't had it as easy as i have. so i sat down with my battle buddy john and we decided to level the playing field. i'm dale beattie. and it is my mission to help other veterans get the support
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and homes they deserve from their communities. there is thousands of veterans right here in our midst. people don't realize the need that is out there. couple of our homes can help any service disabled veteran regardless of age or war. >> this is why we're here today. >> it is just getting the community engaged, to get a ramp built or a foreclosed home remodeled or an entire house rebuilt from the ground up. >> narrow doorways i couldn't get through. i had to call in on my hands and knees. to have them build a new bathroom was unbelievable. >> we want to make their life easier, safer, just better. their emotions are being rehabbed as well. i did three tours in vietnam. for 35 years no one cared. purple heart homes said, welcome home. >> it is great to be home after 40 years. >> regardless of whether you served, we're all the same.
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they just need to know that somebody does care about them. nearly 200 people injured after a meteor explodes in the skies high above russia. that blast there sending fireballs across the sky. look at this. meteorites hitting the earth in the remote wilderness, western russia. the shock wave here from this sonic boom shattered windows, buckled buildings. imagine driving along and seeing that careen across the sky. and this, this is windows blowing at a school. these are kids practicing judo. next video showing the panic and the moments after the blast. car alarms triggered, mobile phone networks interrupted, hundreds of buildings were damaged because of that meteor. and an asteroid the size of two
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semitrucks made space history just this last hour called 2012-da-14, came closest to earth than any other asteroid of its size has in a long, long time. the white dot there in the middle of the screen shows it is traveling close, 17,500 miles over indonesia. the brush by lasted a couple of seconds as the asteroid traveled 4.8 miles a second. but it definitely has lasting impression on my next guest, former astronaut ed lu. you call yourself, ed, an asteroid hunter. you keep track of these asteroids, you say this should serve as a wake-up call. wake-up call to what? >> wake-up call that these things sometimes hit the earth. earth is actually flying around the sun, right now at this very moment, in a big cosmic shooting gallery. >> but how often? how often would they hit the earth? this is a fraction of a possibility, right? >> well, it is not -- each and
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every day the odds are small, but they add up. so in your lifetime, there is about a 30% chance of another impact the size of the one that was there. that was between 500 and 1,000 times the size of the bomb used in hiroshima. imagine them set up in one spot at one time. there is a 30% chance of that happening again. think about that. >> it is chad myers. my concern is that we only found this thing, like, last year. there are many more out there we don't know about. how are we searching for these? >> well, currently we're searching for them from amateur telescopes on the ground as well as dedicated telescopes on the ground. and those have done a decent job at finding the ones that would wipe out civilization. we found the vast majority of those. what that is not very good at is finding the ones that would only wipe out a city or only perhaps collapse the world economy or
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only perhaps take out a small country. we're not doing very well at that. we only found 1% of asteroids the size of 2012-da-14. >> 1%? >> yeah. that means for every one of these that we find there is 99 others that we haven't found yet. so the foundation is looking to find the other 99. >> from what i read, they're also potentially benefits to some of these steroasteroids. there are some businesses that look to mine an asteroid. >> they hope to do that some day. these businesses are, however, wholly dependent on someone finding the asteroid first. so, you know, our plan is basically that we are a nonprofit, the b-612 foundation and we'll map these things. we think it is important that the -- that humanity knows where these things are, that people, the people of earth have adequate warning. you can actually deflect these things if you have adequate warning. >> okay. here is a crazy question. could you land on one?
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>> it is not really landing on an asteroid that you do. it is more like docking with it. the gravity is weak. it is not like you're standing on the surface. it is like if you see videos of people up in the international space station, it would look something like that. >> docking near it. ed lu, thank you very much. and chad myers, my favorite space geek, thank you very much. have a good day. >> i love this story. >> we know you love it. giving me a straight face last hour. >> i love the meteor story better. the stuff over russia -- same day. >> total coincidence. >> it is. >> chad, thank you. you can hear more from ed lu on the next list. please watch sunday 2:30 p.m. eastern right here on cnn, the next list. the crippled carnival triumph on the move again. find out what is next for the disabled cruise liner that ruined thousands of vacations just this past week. ♪
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bottom of the hour. i'm brooke baldwin live inside cnn's world headquarters. we begin with the hottest stories in a flash, rapid fire. roll it. first up, venezuelan president hugo chafvez battling cancer has been out of the public eye since he underwent surgery in december. today this photo, his face, swollen, surrounded by his daughters in his hospital bed. he is reportedly still having problems speaking. the chicago crime commission has named a new public enemy number one. and he doesn't even live in the united states. he is mexican drug lord joaquin guzman.
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his cartel is the major supplier of narcotics in chicago. guzman escaped from prison in 2001 and forbes estimates his worth at $1 billion. next stop here for carnival cruise ship triumph, the repair yard. crews are moving this stricken ship today after it limped into mobile bay late last night. the ship will undergo repairs to the engine and most learn certa get a deep, thorough cleaning. it won't carry any passengers until mid-april. the previous passengers are just happy to be on land. >> feels really good to be on land and not swaying back and forth. >> after being on that boat for that long and not knowing when or how we were getting back, it was just so good to finally be back. >> we have brand-new details on the smelly disabled cruise ship. the lead investigator speaking out, speaking out to martin savage live for me now out of mobi
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mobile. you talked to this investigator. you learn anything? >> reporter: yeah, we learned a lot, brooke. the investigation to find out how the fire started on the cruise ship began on sunday, hours after that fire broke out. they began pulling records looking at stuff they could find from the ship, even though it is still at sea. yesterday, investigators got on the ship before it even got into port. they wanted to talk to passengers and they also wanted to have a look for themselves at where that fire was. and here's what that investigator saw. >> it is dark in there, it is wet and it was -- not necessarily a safe environment to walk in. we went there and just took a quick look to see if we can quickly determine what the cause was or get an idea. we were really weren't able to from what we saw yesterday. we just need to get some lighting in there. that's what they're doing today is moving it to the shipyard so we can get lighting and operate safely within the engine room space. >> reporter: patrick says whatever happened, that fire flashed like that, seen on a television monitor, they also point out that it appears the fire was not that big, but it
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was in exactly the wrong place and might have taken out a major circuit or major wire, which is why that little fire took out the power to an entire huge ship. they do have block back boxes o vessel. the investigation takes 8 to 12 months. >> that's a long time. so the investigation begins as does the cleaning. martin savidge in mobile, thank you. any minute, president obama addressing gun violence in his hometown of chicago. we'll take you there live. ♪ [ acoustic guitar: upbeat ] [ dog ] we found it together. on a walk, walk, walk. love to walk. yeah, we found that wonderful thing. and you smiled. and threw it. and i decided i would never, ever leave it anywhere.
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keeping a close eye on the clock here, live picturesut of chicago. the president is expected to address the economy and he will also talk gun control in his old stomping grounds of chicago, where as we have been reporting here at cnn, gun violence is spiraling out of control. and that is where cnn's chris cuomo is joining me now live from chicago. hey, chris. >> reporter: how are you, brooke? this is very important what is goi ing to happen here today, o for the president and for the country in general. the rate of homicide here because of handgun use is one of the highest in the country. poverty, highest in the country. the two attendant problems that really circle around the whole gun control issue, the amount of death and the reasons for it, are really taking root right here. now, for the president, of course, this was the birth place of his political career in the
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'80s. he was a community organizer in the same parts of south chicago where he will be today. and, of course, the hadiya pendleton death that happened most recently, her parents in the president's box for the state of the union, the first lady attended her funeral, she was collateral damage here in the gang warfare here authorities say, also piques interest in this situation. fraught with concerns for the president, and i want to bring in gloria borger about this, gloria, if you can hear me right now, the president is basically coming back home in one respect, but this is also the home of the biggest problems that are going to be most difficult to solve, poverty and violence. what do you make of it? >> don't forget, the mayor of chicago, rahm emanuel, a very good friend of his, he used to work for him as his white house chief of staff. look, this is part of what the president does after his state of the union. he takes his hopes, dreams, aspirations for the country, on the road. part of that is, of course, attacking gun violence. so there is no way to avoid it. in fact, one would argue that
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when you talk about gun violence, in urban areas, it is a place you to talk about it. and also talk about the other aspects of his plan, which would include access to education, access to social programs, access to mental health services. so i think you're going to see the president weave in the problem of gun violence into a larger context, and it makes sense to do it in an urban area and to admit that this is a part of the problem, and as you know, chris, the mayor in chicago is talking about, you know, mandatory minimum sentences, truth in sentencing, saying the people, if you're sentenced to two years, you serve two years. he's talking about controlling gun violence at the other end of the spectrum. >> that's a good point, gloria. tonight on ac 360, i'll be subbing in and we'll take on the issue of why the violence has gotten so out of control here in
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chicago. the rates are worse now than when the president was organizing here in the '80s. in giving this speech today, talking about opportunity, the organizers here now say more laws will not help end the violence here, gloria. it is going to take opportunities for these kids to find something else to do with their lives. the stakes are high for the president. >> yeah, i think what you're going to hear them say it is all part of the same thing, right? that in order to attack this problem, it is not just monolithic, right? there are different pieces of it, and that's what he spoke about in his address. >> absolutely. all right, gloria, thank you for at analysis. we'll see how it plays out in the speech, what everybody's reaction is to it after it. back to you, brooke. >> we're looking at live pictures. let me tell you where the president will be speaking. you see the young people sitting behind him as he will be speaking much about education. this is the hide park career academy. so he will be talking education,
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talking about the latest opportunity he mentioned in his state of the union, just this past tuesday night and someone who has written about this today, and who can certainly talk chicago politics better than anyone is lynn sweet. she is the washington bureau chief for the chicago sun times. lynn, welcome. read your piece today. i want to just play a little sound here. as chris was talking about the mayor of chicago, the president's former chief of staff, rahm emanuel, here he is, speaking just this past monday. >> part of this is having an honest conversation, given the lion's share of the victims and the perpetrators are young african-american men, who better to have that discussion than the president of the united states who has repeatedly talked about fathering and the role of fathering. >> lynn, here's my question, because some folks are saying that the president has been resistant to address the situation, specifically in chicago. we were giving the number, it is north of the 500 mark in terms
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of murders just last year because maybe the president hasn't been there because the fear is that he might show up, his good friend rahm emanuel, maybe call attention to a problem that has gotten worse here under emanuel's watch. do you think that there is any truth to that? >> i think that from rahm's perspective, nothing happens on rahm's turf that he doesn't -- that mayor emanuel doesn't want to have happen. he wasn't afraid to have the spotlight shown on this terrible problem in chicago by having the president there. as we speak, or it might have just wrapped up now, speaking to the point that the mayor was making about young men being part of the problem, obama has -- was having a private round table with about a dozen of the young men who are from the school who are from that neighborhood, to talk to some of these issues, that lead to violence, lead to gang warfare and lead to the tragedies like that 15-year-old girl shot a few blocks from where he's speaking
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today. which is also not far from his kenwood home, where he raised his kids until he went to washington. so, yes, this shines a spotlight on a terrible problem in chicago. civic activists have been calling on obama to come home for years now, to try to help. >> for years. and now he's coming and now we await the president of the united states. let me also mention as chris pointed out, hadiya pendleton, the 15-year-old basically collateral damage, shot and killed as part of this gang warfare after she performed over inaugural weekend in washington, shot in chicago. we now know her mother is there inside this building. she apparently is taking some photos here. so just to know, he will be speaking about her and the mother is inside this hide park career academy. we will come back to you here, lynn. also chris cuomo again in chicago. gloria borger covering this for us in washington. let's take a quick break as we await the president to speak. e e that i could smoke for the first week... i'm like...yeah, ok...
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i'm chris cuomo here in chicago. we're waiting for the president to come to the podium and speak to a school in the south side of chicago. he is here to push the agenda that he laid out in the state of the union. but this is at once a home and a battleground for the president. why? well, where he is, the south side of chicago is registering more homicides than just about anywhere else in the country, for a big city. so the problem of gun violence very real here. what is causing that violence, in this community, they say, poverty. lack of opportunity, not inaccessibility of guns or gun laws or the other mainstream arguments we're hearing. i want to bring in linda sweet from the chicago sun times. let me ask you, the idea of the president coming home, how is that mixed with the perceptions of whether or not he's provided enough leadership and incentives for people here as president?
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>> it is incredibly important. there is a lot of sense of ownership of president obama in chicago because, after all, it is a city that spawned his political career. he wouldn't be in the white house today if not for the political start that people in chicago gave him, not only in their support in making him a state senator and then a senator, but in another level when he ran for president from the very financial support that led him to mount a national presidential campaign, and the city where his campaign has been based, where his home is, where he taught and most important perhaps to him, the south side of chicago, just a few blocks too from where he is speaking today, is where first lady michelle obama also grew up. so, you see this whole story of a national problem also melts into very much the personal story of the obamas in chicago, which is a reason why i think mrs. obama and senior adviser valerie jarrett came back to chicago last saturday to attend the funeral of 15-year-old hadiya pendleton, because they
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felt such a personal connection. it is that connection, i think, the city wants from the president. even if he doesn't have any new proposals today, he's going to talk about some of the high schools in chicago he thinks are doing things right, but if he has any message at all that can help resonate or can help stop what's happening or give some new tools to the mayor, all that will be incredibly welcomed, chris. >> well, the communities here say they have never needed the help more, even though the mayor here now, rahm emanuel, who, of course, worked for the president, president clinton, he says the numbers are going down, things are getting better here. but in the community, the concern they say, has never been more acute, they believe once again they're in a cycle where thereopportunities for the kids and everyone is talking about gun control laws instead of reducing the demand. you're talking about reducing supply, harder restrictions on
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guns, making it more difficult to get, but not reducing demand. and until you do that, you're always going to have a violence problem. so the question is, to gloria borger, let hess's bring her ine discussion. the president is coming home, but is this home -- they'll love him, they welcome him, they berthed him politically here, but if you hear the community saying the ones you worked in, president obama, need you now more than ever, how do you balance that? >> you're coming home, chris, as president of the united states. and you're saying, i understand this cycle of poverty and violence and guns, and lack of opportunity, lack of social services, in this community. and that's what i was talking about in my state of the union, and that's what i'm trying to do in washington and i am trying to do it for the children of newtown and i'm trying to do it for the children of chicago as well. and for hadiya, and for all of you here.
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so i think he has a real moment here because this is urban america. and he has a real moment here to talk about this in a different way. not just talking about whether the assault weapons ban has a shot of getting through the congress or whether you're going to get universal background checks and what are the political chances of that and does he hurt the democratic party, et cetera. he gets to talk about this as a father, as somebody as lynn pointed out whose house is in chicago, whose home is in chicago. so he gets to talk about it from the gut, in a very different way. that's what i'm sort of expecting to hear today. >> it will be interesting. one thing is for sure, there is nowhere that needs the president's message to become a reality in terms of money and programs more than where he is speaking today. we're going to take a quick break. when we come back, hopefully the president will be at the podium and we'll hear the message he has on the south side of
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